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The Diffie-Hellman vulnerability known as Logjam in Apache Tomcat may affect IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (CVE-2015-4000)

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Apache Tomcat which is shipped with WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WASCE) is vulnerable to Diffie-Hellman vulnerability known as Logjam

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2015-4000
The TLS protocol could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by the failure to properly convey a DHE_EXPORT ciphersuite choice. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability using man-in-the-middle techniques to force a downgrade to 512-bit export-grade cipher. Successful exploitation could allow an attacker to recover the session key as well as modify the contents of the traffic. This vulnerability is commonly referred to as "Logjam".
CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition


Tomcat provide a choice for SSL implementation:(refer to

1. the JSSE implementation provided as part of the Java runtime (since 1.4)
2. the APR implementation, which uses the OpenSSL engine by default.

Specify the cipher suites in the server.xml file as below if your JDK is vulnerable to Diffie-Hellman vulnerability known as Logjam :


Per OpenSSL:

Add !DHE:!EDH to disable DHE/EDH and remove any lines that explicitly enable DHE/EDH

i.e. old

Check with openssl ciphers -V command to make sure DHE/EDH are disabled. See for more detail on the syntax of cipher suite configuration

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Change History

8th June 2015: original document published

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Document Information

Modified date:
15 June 2018